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New York Spa: Can A Vitamin C Skin Care Product Help Me?

Many people have been told that vitamin C skincare products will not work. Well, the first disclaimer is that not all products are created equal. They might contain the “same” ingredients but that does not mean that they are uniformly crafted to produce comparable results.

Vitamin C is one of my all time favorite ingredients to use in skincare products. It literally has thousands of reports and has been tested and proven in actual use.
A well crafted Vitamin C product will produce the results you want. I’ve found this article on topical Vitamin C and how when used can be of help to keep your skin healthy and youthful. I hope you enjoy it. Read it below.


According to doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center, topical vitamin C may stimulate the production of collagen in skin. Dr. Oz echos this as well, stating, “Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health; but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best.” Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has three primary duties: collagen production, UVA/UVB protection and fighting against free radical damage.

Vitamin C is Vital to Production of Collagen

Skin’s elasticity is dependent on the protein collagen, which is naturally present in skin but declines with age. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, as it produces the enzymes necessary to support collagen and the elastin matrix in the dermis layer of skin. It also produces a stable form of collagen and serves as an antioxidant that is critical in defending the skin against free radicals.
Vitamin C Protects Against UVA/UVB Rays

Topical vitamin C is a weak sunscreen; however, applied daily it can help protect the skin from sun damage. Vitamin C should be applied daily after exfoliating for the maximum benefit. Once applied, the benefits can last up to three days. Results can be noticed in as little as two to four weeks, but the maximum benefits of topical vitamin C will be achieved after six months.

Disadvantages to Topical Vitamin C

The active ingredient in cosmetics, L-ascorbic acid, loses its stability when exposed to light, heat or air. To circumvent the loss, it is best to look for products packaged in airtight, opaque containers. Check the ingredients for yellow dye or food coloring. Some manufactures include yellow dye as an ingredient to disguise when a product has become inactive.

Topical Vitamin C Is Available In a Variety Of Products

Whether you prefer a serum, a lotion or something in between, vitamin C products are available in your favorite formulation. The important factor to consider is the percentage of vitamin C included in the formulation. Dr. Oz recommends products with 3- to 10-percent active vitamin C in either ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. He also concurs with considering packaging, adding, “All antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light.”

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